posted on May, 17 2010 @ 01:16 PM
No biggie, it's likely my thread, lol...
I definitely plan to go....and likely with a few other people. Right now, looks like me and the wife, and two other gals...not sure if their spouses
are up for it...but will need to know whether to get one or two suites...
Here's some advice, from a long-time fan/park-goer of Universal/Islands of Adventure Orlando... Stay in one of the resort hotels (Hard Rock,
Portafino, or Royal Pacific).
I typically stay in the Royal Pacific...(it's cheapest, has a great restaurant (Emeril's Tchoup Tchoup), and is in walking distance of the
Portafino (the most romantic one of the bunch)
Hard Rock (coolest pool out of all of them...but, as a guest of any of the three, you can use this pool...)
Here's the thing...
1. There is a water taxi running from the hotels to the parks...so you can leave your car at the hotel. Usually comes every 15 min.
2. You can charge purchases to your room, even have the items sent to your room from the park (so you don't have to carry it around)
3. Your room key works as an all-day Express Pass (so at most, you wait like 15 min in line at any given time, or less)... This allows you to
not be so rushed, and really enjoy the parks. You can stop, eat, not feel like you'll miss something. Some lines can be as much as a 60 min
wait...but not with your room key...
Let's face it though...I'm a geek. I mean, I've gone to the Harry Potter book openings at midnight....even dressed up as a character or two (or
three actually)...(Filch, Mad Eye Moody, and Lucius), so I'm really hyped to see it.
It looks to me like the Hippogriff ride is an upgraded Flying Unicorn from the old park, and that the Dragon Challenge is really just the same Dueling
Dragon's coaster, but I can't wait to see the shops and the castle...